^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Don't Forget That Other Hike-n-Bike Bridge Linking Riverfront and the Cedars

We're going to begin this morning with two Trinity-related items -- the first of which you see above. That, Friends of Unfair Park, is the Belleview Connector, a proposed bridge that would link Riverfront Boulevard to the Cedars -- specifically, Jack Matthews's South Side of Lamar and the attendant development around the old Sears complex. It's a HALFF product -- well, actually a whole product, but, you know. It is also intended to be, like all of Dallas's bridges, both an "iconic" bridge and one that creates a "bridge as 'place' or 'destination,'" according to the Belleview Connector briefing prepared for tomorrow's meeting of the Trinity River Corridor Project Commitee, of which Dave Neumann will not be chair much longer.

Between the bridge, which goes over the Union Pacific tracks, and the "Plaza and Spiral Ramp Park," construction's guesstimated to run between $9.5 and $11.5 million. Tomorrow's briefing doesn't say who's covering the cost, but the city is -- at least a hunk of it. Already has. A brief '09 briefing on the subject, which dates back to when JPI had dibs on those 60 acres, had the city using $1.6 million in '06 bond funds on the project, including Halff's renderings. According to an even earlier look-see dating back to '07, the connector was initially guesstimated to cost just $2 million. But it's grown since then. Has it ever.

The briefing's light on stats, but heavy on renderings. And you know how I love a good rendering. So much so, two more follow.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.